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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer to Programmer
  • Paperback: 974 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861006918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861006912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.3 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,898,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a resource for working PHP developers who want to take their skills to the next level. Although it assumes a conceptual familiarity with programming and databases in general, anyone who knows PHP enough to code and maintain small web applications can use this book. We also assume an interest in designing large web sites and general network programming to make full use of this book.

About the Author

Deepak Thomas; Harish Rawat; Wankyu Choi; Jon Parise; James Moore; Luis Argerich; Christopher Scollo; Devon O' Dell; Ken Egervari; John Coggeshall; Martin Geisler; Chris Hubbard; Andrew Hill; Zak Greant; Tarique Sani; Chris Ullman

Deepak Thomas is a Member of Technical Staff with Oracle corp. in Redwood Shores, CA. Co-author of Professional PHP; he has also contributed to other Wrox titles on Linux and Java both as an author and a reviewer. His interests include Linux, J2EE technologies and website deployment issues.

Jon Parise is a long-time contributor to the PHP, PEAR, and Horde projects. He holds a bachelors degree in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is pursuing his Masters in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently works as an independent consultant.

Harish Rawat is a software developer at Oracle corporation. He has over nine years of experience in Systems programming. His technical areas of interest include XML,Java and Network Protocols.Co-author of Professional PHP; he has also contributed to other Wrox titles on Linux and Java both as an author and a reviewer.

James Moore is currently living in Bristol having taken a year out in between completing his A-levels at Richard Huish College, Taunton and continuing his studies at University. He is spending this year both working and travelling. Over the past two years James has taken an active role within the PHP Community as a member of the PHP Quality Assurance team and as the PHP-GTK Manual Editor. He has also contributed the Windows API extension to PHP's code base.


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Its very well written and has great content.
Rick Mathelie
The Professional PHP4 is a well structured follow-up to the all of the above mentioned books and a must buy for anyone who wants to take their PHP skills further.
Ewan Galloway
I just bought this book in my local BORDERS, and I gotta say this is by far the best PHP book out there.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rohan Parkes on March 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Having previously read Wrox's Professional ASP Programming, I tried this book, hoping for something of equal merit.
This volume is has some decent material, but is marred by a tendecy to sloppiness.
Firstly, as other reviewers have noted, there are too many authors (count 'em - 16!), which is unnecessary, and leads to inconsistencies in presentation. The book could quite easily have been authored by a single writer. There are only a few chapters that required specialist knowledge.
For example, the early chapters are quite good at advising the reader on PHP settings. Since there's no option explicit in PHP,the author correctly advises the reader to increase their error setting to report unused variables. Later, however, much of the code uses uninitialised variables. This is particularly the case in the chapter on form handling, the approach to which is too crude, and uses form variables directly in code, whereas a better approach would be to capture them and process them using isset(). The isset() function isn't even covered in this chapter,but is used correctly in other chapters.
Secondly, while the converstational tone of Wrox books is often appealing, it can also be a problem at times. The presentation is not always comprehensive enough, and Wrox authors have a tendency to give overly clever examples.
Strangely, there's no reference section. I found some of the explanations sloppy and confusing, especially the section of session variables. (I still can't get the WAP application to work properly.)
Thirdly, the chapter on OO design leaves the reader stranded. After a decent theoretical discussion, the writer informs the reader that there will be no code examples, as the reader now knows enough theory to work an example out for themselves!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven Duffey on January 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
With the book market flooded with compendia on PHP and MySQL,
I have been looking avidly around for a PHP book with coverage on PostgreSQL and ODBC.
This book has come at the right time for me - It covers the functionality aspects of MySQL,
PostgreSQL and ODBC - MS access and SQL server, through a common application that
runs through each of these chapters. I must admit however that the application was not high-end, but
it served very well the purpose of demonstrating the functionality of each database with PHP. I further
appreciated the use of GTK to develop a standalone app for the same database application. I am looking
forward to buying more of these common-theme-thread books - It has really helped me to good effect.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ewan Galloway on January 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Firstly i must admit that i have been waiting for a book like this to be released.I am the proud owner of three PHP books - PHP Pocket reference,Professional PHP Programming and Beginning PHP4.These books have influenced my career tremendously and shaped my development direction.
The Professional PHP4 is a well structured follow-up to the all of the above mentioned books and a must buy for anyone who wants to take their PHP skills further.
Well structured... because it takes you from the Professional rudimentaries to core PHP syntax,functions and OO to issues outside typical web application environment.It also covers multi-tier development using four different databases and even covers aspects of Il18n,optimisation and security.
I have now recommended this book to replace Professional PHP Programming in our local PHP education forum.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John P. Hoke on October 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Ok, so you have read PHP Programming for the Mentally Challanged, or Learn PHP in 23.5 minutes, or some other similar tome that seems to regurgitate itself every week or two...
Now you are thinking, "What should I do to take the next step?"
Answer: Read this book.
While this book has its share of typos, errors and other "burps" it is quite well presented, and if you take the time to use it, and truely study it, the errors will be easily fixed.
I have been working with PHP for all too long now, and I have given this book to a number of collegues to get them up to speed, and I have not been disappointed yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "andybrund" on April 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Good book to start serious programming with DB (MySQL or other ones) outside of learning to do
real medium to large scale web app development with PHP.
Also notice that this book has been written by authoritative peers like Luis Argerich (i am a fan of
his phpbuilder articles), Thomas,Rawat and scollo(from the earlier Professional PHP Programming) and
James Moore (moderator on PHP-GTK) and reviewed by many memebers from the PHP quality team.
I am mastering professional PHP knowledge undaunted.BUY IT NOW!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Raymondus on February 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the reviews i read here on amazon.I had learnt the PHP language from Beginning PHP4 by the publisher.
I have now read this book from front to back and i must admit that i have gained professional knowledge on diversified PHP topics.It has already helped me at my day job in streaming my project forward in the last week or so -- I truly felt i had gained a notch above the Beginning PHP Programmer. This book is a must read for anyone who has basic mark-up and c-like programming skills.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Hermans on February 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
Another excellent red book on PHP. I have learned PHP through several books, extensive articles, tutorials, and now Professional PHP4 tops the list of useful PHP literature.
Things that i found really helpful:
* Explanation for all those buggy installation problems
* Handling files on the server's file system, and how to upload files from the web browser
* Sending e-mail and posting new articles with PHP, working with SMTP, POP/IMAP and NNTP
* An exhaustive case study (76 pages!) on building a shopping cart application for mobile phones
* Using PHP as a command line script interpreter
* PHP with XML
This book has a pretty exhaustive view of most topics, and is the ideal book for PHP developers wanting to add professionalism to their web application development. I shall continue using this as a reference for all topics PHP (till I get another red book with photos).
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